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Posts by Arnaldo Pellini

Tonnara siciliana

Tonnara is the Italian word for the tuna factories where fishermen used to bring and process their tuna catches.

Tonnara, Sicilia 2018
Tonnara, Sicilia 2018
Tonnara, Sicilia 2018

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Po river /2

Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017
Approaching boat, Cremona 2017

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The middle of the summer

It is summer. Night time. The air is humid. It is warm. I cycle downtown. I try not to hurry too much, but I am a bit nervous. I turn left in Via Mercatello. I see the lights on at the bar at the cornet. I recognise some of the people who stand on the sidewalk in front with a glass in their hands. I reach the end of the road, turn tight and see the back of the cathedral. I get to the main square and slow down but do not stop. I make large loop on the cobblestones of the piazza. Then another one. I stop in front of the Bertazzola. One feet on the ground. the other on the pedal. I see people standing outside the bar under the arches of the municipality. Young couples sit on the steps of the Cathedral not far from me. They whisper to each other. I feel the heat of the day which was trapped in the stones of the piazza and is now freeing itself. This is the middle of the summer.

Portal early 12th century, Cremona 2018

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Piazza del Duomo, Cremona

Originally built in Romanesque style, the cathedral has been restored and extended several times, with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. Construction began in 1107, but the works were damaged and halted after an earthquake in 1117. Construction resumed in 1129, and the building was probably finished in 1160-1170. The main altar, dedicated to the city’s patron saints Archelaus and Himerius, was consecrated in 1196.Façade

The current façade was probably built in the 13th and the early 14th century. In the same period the arms of the transept were also added: the northern in 1288 and the southern in 1348 (Wikipedia)

Piazza del Duomo, Cremona 2018

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Bertazzola

I am catching up with posting at-least-one-photo-a-day. I stopped on 21/3, the first day of spring. I worked long days and if you add that to the turbulence of the unprecedented I did not have the headspace to keep going with posting the photos I wanted to post. I am catching up this weekend. Some more photos from Cremona. The one you see if of the Bertazzola, the short loggia that connect the Torrazzo bell tower with the main body of the cathedral. It was built at the beginning of XVI century. The architect is Lorenzo de Trotti.

Bertazzola ca. 1500, Cremoan 2018

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Cremona

I did not know whether to continue with this project, posting at least one photo a day on this blog. The coronavirus news are quite distressing and I was asking myself whether it makes sense to continue posting photos of places where I am travelling or where I travelled in the past. Earlier this morning, It did not seem something useful spending time on.

I live in Finland and I am following very closely how things are developing in Cremona, my hometown in Northern Italy which has been at the centre of this epidemic since its earlier stages. I remembered the photos I have taken over the years when going back to visit my family and friends.

So, I decided that what I am going to do over the next days or weeks is to look into my photos and search for the ones from Cremona, edit them into black and white, and post them here.

I do not know if I will have something to say every day. Anyways, this is for me a way for me to feel that connection with the city I was born as I follow the latest developments.

Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018
Cremona 2018

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Evening market /2

I wander in these busy streets and ask myself where do the shop owners will put all the things they have hanging outside their shops. Is there enough space inside to put everything they display outside? I enjoy these buzzing streets. I watch people negotiating prices. Shop owners counting their revenue for the day on calculators. People stopping to chat or arguing about the quality of some fabric. It’s all very lively.

Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019

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Evening market /1

Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019
Near Durbar Square, Kathmandu 2019

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Man in white

It is getting late. The sun has set and the sky is turning quickly to dark blue. Soon it will be night. The street lights are not yet on. The shops are small. One next to each other. Few steps up from the road where cars, motorbikes, bicycles go to and from. The man in white was going to pick up his wrist watch. He had left it for repair a day or two before. During those couple of days he was constantly checking with his right hand the left wrist as if all of a sudden realised he had lost the watch his father gave me many years before. So, he was in a hurry to pick it up and feel again the familiar reassurance that old watch gave him.

Man in white, Tikapur 2019
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